Do you know what time it is? No, no, no. Really take this in. I mean, do you know what freakin time it is???? Football is here and more importantly for all of us my fellow stat geeks, gamecenter watching nerds, and yard counting monsters, fantasy football is here!! I do not think my smile could get any bigger and I am 100% confident the same goes for each one of you. Hopefully you got any dental work needed taken care of over the summer because it’s smile time boys (and beautiful ladies)!
Ok do you see what’s happened already? I am one paragraph into the first start/sit of the year and I have used an overabundant amount of exclamation points (and yes, that is an explanation point, I’m excited ok). But enough about me, let’s get to what matters. It’s week 1, you finished your draft and are excited about your team that’s tied for first place, so now it’s time to make a few decisions.
Let’s help you with a few of those decisions, shall we???
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Matt Ryan @NO: DUH!!! But seriously, against that D he might be the top scorer of the week.
Andrew Luck vs OAK: Andrew Luck was not as high on my lists this year as many others due to the loss of downfield guru Bruce Arians. Whether that is super true, adequately true, pretty false, or have I ever seen a football game false will make no difference in this game. Oakland was a bottom feeder in terms of stopping QBs last season and they made way too few offseason improvements to be nervous at this point. Luck will have multiple TDs, lock it up.
Michael Vick @WAS: Hey he’s healthy, that’s a good start! In Chip Kelly’s new system Mike Vick completed almost 74% of his 38 pass attempts for 383 yards and 2 TDs during the preseason. Not to mention he added 73 yards on the ground. He does have to go on the road to start his year but he will take on a Redskins team that allowed the 7th most points to fantasy quarterbacks in 2012. Look for Chip Kelly and Michael Vick to get that offense off to a good start, and until teams have seen a little of what is coming, it could be difficult to stop.
Ben Roethlisberger vs TEN: When Ben was healthy last season he was actually pretty good, averaging over 265 passing yards per game. He did lose Mike Wallace, but sometimes that allows other guys who have shown flash to pop in that bigger role (Sanders, Brown). They added Markus Wheaton to help try and get some of the Mike Wallace dynamic aspect back and they have a good match up against Tennessee. Tennessee was also near the bottom of the league in stopping QBs. With Le’veon Bell out, the Steelers will need to rely on Ben to slang it again to win the game which should lead to good stats for Ben.
Others to feel good about: Tony Romo vs NYG, Mathew Stafford vs MIN, Joe Flacco @DEN
Steven Jackson @NO: If it ain’t broke don’t fix it. Unless you are the Saints GM, but I’ll believe that when I see it. The Saints just werent’t the worst at defending the pass, oh no, they were the worst with the run as well. Lots and lots of scoring in this one, welcome to Atlanta S Jax.
Steven Ridley/Shane Vareen @BUF: The lack of exterior weapons for Tom Brady has been well documented at this point. Buffalo is the perfect soft landing for this offense to work everyone in. I fully expect heavy doses of Ridley and Vareen both, Vareen in the air especially, as Buffalo has consistently been one of the worst at stopping the run. This game will be no different against the 2013 Tom Brady led Patriots.